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ISKCON Temple
 

The ISKCON temple in Ahmedabad is located close to the Gujarat Samachar Press. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. It is also known as the Hare Krishna temple. ISKCON stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The society was established in 1966 by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and is also known as the Hare Krishna movement. It has more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants worldwide.

The temple has huge halls which are illuminated with grand looking chandeliers. The interiors are quite spacious and as regards the exteriors, the campus is filled with large number of flowering trees and plants. The temple has a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere and the devotees who come to the temple are supposed to maintain the silent and peaceful atmosphere of the temple premises. Prayer sessions are held here in the mornings and evenings. The prayer ceremonies are accompanied with chanting of religious songs called 'kirtans'.

The temple hosts two main festivals- Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) and Nand Mahotsav (the day following Krishna's birthday). On Janmashtami Day, the entire temple is illuminated and lavishly decorated. 'Mangal Aarti' is held in the evening which is attended by a large number of people. Flowers, fruits, incense and sweets are offered to the deities on this day and there are discourses from the Bhagvad Gita- the holy book of the Hindus. Nand Mahotsav is celebrated the day after Janmashtami. On this day thousands of devotees throng the temple premises to offer their prayers. The temple arranges for lunch for the devotees on this auspicious occasion.


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